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Joan Acker

Professor Emerita 

727 PLC
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-5014
Fax: (541) 346-5026

Joan Acker has been on the faculty at the University of Oregon since 1966. Her visiting professorships include three years at the Swedish Center for Working Life in Stockholm, Sweden and the Marie Jahoda International Guest Professorship at Bochum University, Bochum, Germany. She is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, a major feminist center for scholarship on gender and women. She has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award and the ASA Jessie Bernard Award for feminist scholarship.

Research Interests

  • gender and class
  • organizations
  • welfare state

Selected works

Restructuring Welfare: Myths and Lived Realities, with Sandra Morgen and Jill Weigt. Cornell University Press. Forthcoming 2009.

"Glass Ceilings and Inequality Regimes. " Sociologie du travail. 2009, forthcoming .

"Diverting Dependency: The Effects of Diversion on Short Term Outcomes of TANF Applicants." With Ken Hudson and Lisa Gonzales. 2007. Journal of Poverty, 11, 1: 83-105. Class Questions: Feminist Answers. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 2006.

"Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class and Race in Organizations." 2006 Gender & Society, 20, 4: 441-464.

"The Gender Regime in Swedish Banks". Scandinavian Journal of Management. 2006. 10, 2:117-130.

"Gender, Capitalism, and Globalization." Critical Sociology. 2004. 30,1:17-42.

"The Gender Regime in Swedish Banks". Scandinavian Journal of Management. 1993. 10,2:117-130.

Doing Comparable Worth: Gender, Class and Pay Equity. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1989.

"Differential Recruitment and Control: The Sex Structuring of Organizations", with Donald Van Houten, Administrative Science Quarterly , 19 (June, 1974): 152-63.

"Women and Social Stratification: A Case of Intellectual Sexism", American Journal of Sociology, 78, #4, (January, 1973): 174-83.



Ph.D. -- Oregon